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Young Farmers Prepare for Kent County Show

The High Weald Academy Young Farmers’ Show Team is in the last few days of final preparation for one of Kent’s major agriculture fixtures, The Kent County Show.

The ten strong show team, made up of students from all years, are looking forward to exhibiting and showcasing their livestock and having them judged against other Young Farmers’ Clubs.

In advance of the show, the show team have selected, trained and prepared the animals to be present at the Kent County Show. The show team will be competing in the following classes: beef cattle, dairy cattle, pig and sheep.  Plus, the team have put themselves forward to compete in the hugely popular fancy dress competition, where they will be judged on their creativity and originality.

Mr Nick Cooper, Farm Manager for The High Weald Academy Farm said: “It’s been a busy few months, there is a lot of preparation for this show and the students will be heavily tested over three days of competition. They will be judged on handling and knowledge, as well as presentation of themselves and their animals, it‘s extremely competitive, but they have worked hard and with a little bit of luck they should do well.”

The High Weald Academy Young Farmers’ Club offers an excellent and unique opportunity for students from year 7 to Year 11 to develop both agricultural and life skills.  The hands on learning approach on the academy’s commercial livestock farm, means the young farmers are actively involved in the day-to-day running of the farm.

Theo Brown, Year 9 Young Farmer from The High Weald Academy Farm said: “For the last four weeks we have been washing and brushing the animals to remove their winter coats, ensuring they look good for the show.

“I attended the Kent County Show for the first time as a young farmer last year, I learnt a lot from observing show technique, this year I’m showing in the pig class.  A tip I got from last year is to take a brush into the arena to ensure the animal keeps clean.  I’m looking forward to it and I feel ready to answer the judge’s questions.”

Mr Cooper concludes: “If you are visiting the Kent County Show this weekend, make sure to make a stop at The High Weald Academy Farm exhibit and show your support for our ‘Show Team’, the future generation of farming.”